C’s Alumni Update – Harris & Berti Put Fisher Cats One Win Away From Eastern League Title

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Jon Harris delivered a solid 6-1/3 innings to help New Hampshire defeat Akron Wednesday.


cs_alumni_update_new_logoThe New Hampshire Fisher Cats are heading home with a 2-0 series lead in the Eastern League final. The Fisher Cats knocked off the Akron RubberDucks 6-1 in Game 2 at Canal Park Wednesday night.

The RubberDucks responded first with a run in the first inning when Tyler Krieger lifted a sacrifice fly that scored an Ernie Clement leadoff double off 2015 Vancouver Canadians righthander Jon Harris.

The Fisher Cats fought back with three runs in the third inning. Gunnar Heidt (2014-2015) and Forrest Wall singled off Kyle Dowdy with Heidt going first to third and Wall advancing to second on the throw from center field. Jon Berti (2011) singled up the middle to plate Heidt and Wall to put New Hampshire ahead.

Berti would eventually score on an RBI groundout from Cavan Biggio (2016). A Josh Palacios (2016) fielder’s choice scored a Harold Ramirez walk in the sixth off Dowdy to make it 4-1 New Hampshire. Two more runs came in the eighth on a Santiago Espinal single to scored a Biggio walk  before Palacios scored on a wild pitch by Argenis Argulo. Heidt, Wall and Bo Bichette led the Fisher Cats with two hits apiece. Biggio and Palacios had a hit and a walk. Connor Panas (2015) took one for the team after Ramirez was ejected from the game in the seventh.

Harris limited Akron to one run on five hits over 6-1/3 innings. The 2015 first rounder struck out seven with a groundout toal of six. Jackson McClelland (2015-2016) gave up a hit but struck out one. Kyle Snead got the next four outs before Corey Copping struck out the side in the ninth. The four Fisher Cats hurlers posted a strikeout-walk ratio of
11-0.

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C’s Alumni Update – Zeuch, Young, Palacios & Pentecost Help Fisher Cats Down RubberDucks In Eastern League Finals Opener

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Travis Bergen notched the save for New Hampshire in the opener of the Eastern League final Tuesday.


cs_alumni_update_new_logoThe New Hampshire Fisher Cats are two wins away from winning the Eastern League final after defeating the Akron RubberDucks 3-1 in 10 innings Tuesday at Canal Park.

2016 Vancouver Canadians righthander T.J. Zeuch got the starting assignment and was zinged for a run in the first inning when he walked a pair of hitters with one out before Nellie Rodriguez had an RBI single. Zeuch then got a double play ball to limit the damage.

The Fisher Cats looked like they were going to score first against rehabbing big leaguer Cody Anderson in the first.

The Fisher Cats were turned away by Jake Paulson in the first but tied it thanks to the efforts of two 2016 Canadians. Cavan Biggio reached on a fielder’s choice and stole second base and eventually came home on a Josh Palacios base hit up the middle against Paulson.

 

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Andrew Guillotte scored the winning run in Game 1 for New Hampshire.


New Hampshire broke the tie in the 10th when 2014 C’s catcher Max Pentecost drew a leadoff walk against Jordan Milbrath. A sacrifice bunt by Palacios and a single by Santiago Espinal got Pentecost over to third. Andrew Guillotte entered the game to pinch-run for Pentecost. After Espinal stole second base, 2014-2015 C’s infielder Gunnar Heidt was given an intentional pass to load the bases. Forrest Wall stepped up and slapped a single to right field to score Guillotte and Espinal to give the Fisher Cats a two-run lead.

2015-2017 C’s lefthander Travis Bergen made sure there was no Akron comeback as he struck out the first two hitters enroute to a perfect inning to record the save.

Bergen’s work wrapped up four shutout innings by the bullpen. Four of those outs were supplied by 2015 C’s southpaw Danny Young. He got a double play ball in the seventh to survive a pair of singles.

Young left a walk in the eighth for Dusty Isaacs and Kirby Snead to deal with. That duo got the final two outs of the frame. Snead would get the win.

Zeuch gave up four hits and four walks over six inning but it only led to one run thanks to four strikeouts and six groundouts, four of them coming on double play balls.

2011 Vancouver infielder Jon Berti walked in five trips to the plate and stole a base. Biggio, Pentecost and Heidt also drew bases on balls.

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C’s Alumni Update – Biggio’s Big Knocks Boost Fisher Cats To Eastern League Final

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Cavan Biggio and the New Hampshire Fisher Cats have advanced to the Eastern League final.


cs_alumni_update_new_logoThe bat of Cavan Biggio is a big reason why the New Hampshire Fisher Cats are off to the Eastern League final. The 2016 Vancouver Canadians second baseman drove in three runs as New Hampshire completed a three-game sweep of the Trenton Thunder with a 5-1 triumph at Arm & Hammer Park.

The two teams had to wait out a nearly four-hour rain delay before getting this one and the wait was worth it for New Hampshire. 2014-2015 C’s infielder Gunnar Heidt and 2011 second baseman Jon Berti got a rally going in the third inning by drawing back-to-back walks with one out and Harold Ramirez kept the inning going with a two-out free pass. Biggio stepped up and saw Heidt score on a wild pitch before drilling a single to right to score Berti and Ramirez for the game’s first three runs.

Trenton answered back with one run in the bottom of the third off Markham, Ontario native Jordan Romano but New Hampshire would score two more runs in the seventh. Berti got a one-out double and scored on a Ramirezbase hit. After Ramirez went to second base on the throw home, he would score on another Biggio base hit to right.

2015-2017 C’s lefthander Travis Bergen got the final three outs of the ninth to send New Hampshire to the Eastern League championship series to face either Akron or Altoona.

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C’s Alumni Update – All Aboard! Saucedo Summernight & Pentecost’s Poke Give Fisher Cats 2-0 Series Lead Over Thunder

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Tayler Saucedo earned the victory for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats in Game 2 of their Eastern League playoff against Trenton Thursday.


cs_alumni_update_new_logoThe New Hampshire Fisher Cats held serve in its best-of-five Eastern League playoff series against the Trenton thanks to the efforts of two former Vancouver Canadians. The Fisher Cats rolled the Thunder 10-4 at Northeast Delta Dental Care Stadium to grab a 2-0 series lead in the best of five. The series shifts to Trenton Friday where the Fisher Cats have three chances to advance to the Eastern League final.

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Max Pentecost put New Hampshire ahead for good with a home run in his first at-bat Thursday.


2014 C’s catcher Max Pentecost put one over the right field wall to give New Hampshire a 3-0 lead in the first.

2016 second baseman Cavan Biggio knocked home a single by 2014-2015 infielder Gunnar Heidt as part of a two-run second inning and Josh Palacios delivered the final blow with a three-run triple in the eighth.

Pentecost and Palacios reached base twice with a walk and a hit by pitch respectively. Biggio had two walks along with his base hit and picked up a stolen base.

The winning pitcher was 2015 Vancouver lefthander Tayler Saucedo as he stranded an inherited runner for Hector Perez and tossed 3-2/3 shutout innings with just one hit and one walk allowed. Saucedo struck out three and recorded four groundball outs. 2016 righthander Zach Jackson got the first out of the eighth inning but left a hit and a walk for Danny Young but the 2015 lefty stranded those runners. Young would give up a run on two hits but he struck out one over the final 1-2/3 innings for the save.

The news was not as good for the Lansing Lugnuts as their season came to an end. They lost 4-3 to the Bowling Green Hot Rods to drop their Midwest League playoff series two games to nothing.

2018 C’s shortstop Vinny Capra drove in the first run of the game with an RBI single in the top of the second inning. The Lugnuts would not score again until the ninth when Ryan Noda lifted a sacrifice fly to score a single from 2017 C’s second baseman Samad Taylor. A Brandon Grudzielanek base hit scored another single from 2017 outfielder Norberto Obeso but the Lansing rally came up a run short.

2017 righthander Graham Spraker suffered the loss despite pitching seven innings of three-run ball, scattering six hits and a walk while striking out three. Fellow 2017 reliever Brayden Bouchey was tagged with an unearned run in the eighth.

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C’s Alumni Update – Berti, Biggio & Zeuch Zap The Thunder In Fisher Cats Series Opener

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T.J. Zeuch gave New Hamsphire a 1-0 series lead with six shutout innings over Trenton Wednesday.


cs_alumni_update_new_logoA trio of members from the 2016 Vancouver Canadians gave the New Hampshire Fisher Cats a leg up in their Eastern League playoff series against Trenton. T.J. Zeuch pitched six shutout innings and Cavan Biggio drove in a couple of runs as the Fisher Cats silenced the Thunder 8-0 at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium Wednesday.

Zeuch managed to navigate his way through six frames by scattering eight hits and a walk. The 2016 Blue Jays first rounder never had a clean inning but he induced two ground ball double plays and 2014 C’s catcher Max Pentecost threw out a runner try ing to steal second in the second inning.  Zeuch struck out five and had eight groundball outs.

Biggio followed a Bo Bichette RBI double that scored 2011 Canadians second baseman Jon Berti with a two-run double to open the scoring in the sixth inning. New Hampshire put the game away in the eighth with a Pentecost RBI ground out, a Josh Palacios RBI single and a Berti two-run knock as part of a five-run frame. Pentecost had a two-hit evening while Berti added a walk and stolen base to his resume.

2015-2017 C’s lefty Travis Bergen stranded a runner and worked around a hit and a walk over 1-1/3 shutout frames to earn the save. He struck out three and recorded one ground out.

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Andres Sotillo had Lansing’s only multi-hit game against Bowling Green Wednesday.


The Lansing Lugnuts did not have a happy ending to their playoff opener at Cooley Law School Stadium as they lost to the Bowling Green Hot Rods 4-3 in 10 innings Wednesday. 2016 C’s backstop Andres Sotillo tied the game at 1-1 with a home run to right field in the fifth inning and 2017 outfielder Norberto Obeso tied the game in the eighth with a two-run triple to plate a pair of 2018 Canadians Vinny Capra and Jesus Navarro.

2017 Vancouver righty Matt Shannon suffered the loss as the Hot Rods strung together a two-out rally that involved a single, a walk and another single along with a Shannon throwing error that resulted in an unearned run. 2017 lefty Brody Rodning was nicked for a run in 1-1/3 innings.

2017 C’s reliever Graham Spraker will get the ball for Lansing in Game 2 Thursday at Bowling Green.

C-Notes

C's NotesCongratulations to Allan Bailey for being named the new general manager of the Vancouver Canadians. Allan was one of the first people I was introduced to when I arrived in Vancouver six years ago and I am glad to see him earn this promotion. He takes over for J.C. Fraser who is moving on to a new opportunity in the private sector. I wish Mr. Fraser the very best in his future endeavours as he successfully carried the baton from Jason Takefman after the 2013 season.

Congratulations also to the 2014 C’s duo of Rowdy Tellez and Jonathan Davis. Tellez delivered an RBI double off the bench in the sixth as part of Toronto’s 10-3 trouncing of Tampa Bay. Tellez pinch-hit for Davis who had a tough night at the dish with three strikeouts in three at-bats. Davis got the start in center field and batted ninth. 2014 C’s lefty Tim Mayza pitched a shutout eighth inning with one strikeout.

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C’s Recap – Canadians End 2018 With Win In Spokane & Polizzi All Over The Place

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Brandon Polizzi was everywhere at Avista Stadium Monday night.


C's RecapThe Vancouver Canadians wrapped up their 2018 season against the Spokane Indians at Avista Stadium on a winning note with a 7-4 triumph Monday night. The victory was the 40th of the season for the C’s as they finish with a 40-36 record.

Hunter Steinmetz started the Vancouver rally in the first with a double to left off Werner Leal and scored when Spokane shortstop Jonah McReynolds booted a Jake Brodt ground ball.

The C’s returned the favour in the third inning when Sterling Guzman botched a ground ball at third to allow Tyler Depreta-Johnson to reach base. A Troy Dixon ground ball to first scored the hypenated one to tie the game for Spokane before a Hasuan Viera singled off C’s starter Sean Wymer cashed in an Austin O’Banion double to give the Indians the lead.

Jesus Severino gave Vancouver the lead again in the fourth with a two-run double off Jesus Linarez to plate a Yorman Rodriguez infield single to short and a Guzman walk.

The C’s scored twice more in the fifth when McGregory Contreras doubled to center off Xavier Moore to score a Steinmetz single and Rodriguez brought in Contreras with a base hit up the middle.

The final two Vancouver runs of the season came in the eighth when a Brett Wright fielder’s choice scored a Guzman single and Brandon Polizzi singled to left to score Wright off Kyle Keith.

Spokane’s last gasp came in the ninth when Kevin Mendoza reached on a Guzman error at third with two away before Isaias Quiroz took Juan Nunez deep to left for a two-run home run. Nunez struck out Cristian Inoa swinging for the final out of the season.

Joey Murray picked up his first professional win with two scoreless frames after taking over for Wymer. Joey Pulido, Denis Diaz, Polizzi (more on him in a moment) and Connor Law provided shutout relief until the ninth.

Tal Tiedemann, former Canadian Bobby Eveld and Kelvin Gonzalez contributed shutout innings in relief for Spokane.

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Joey Murray collected his first professional win with two shutout innings in Spokane Monday.


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C's NotesOne day after 2016 Vancouver Canadian Nash Knight played all nine positions for Dunedin in its regular season finale, Polizzi did the same for the C’s Monday night. He played all nine positions starting at second base before making his way to shortstop, third base, left field, center field, right field, first base, pitcher and then catcher. Polizzi needed one pitch to retire Scott Kapers on a pop out to short. According to Rob Fai‘s account on CanadiansBaseball.com, Polizzi shattered the bat of Kapers with a 73 mile-per-hour offering.

The C’s lost their DH spot as Law and Nunez are listed on the batter’s portion of the boxscore. Otto Lopez pinch-hit for Law and drew a walk in his final plate appearance of the season. Steinmetz played center and left field, Contreras toggled between right and left, Brodt did the two-step at first and second and Reilly Johnson played left and second.

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Hunter Steinmetz was one of two C’s to enjoy a three-hit night in Spokane Monday.


Steinmetz and Severino led the C’s with three hits apiece and Rodriguez and Guzman had two. The C’s had three hits in 15 tries with runners in scoring position and struck out 13 times. That was offset by 13 hits, two walks and a hit by pitch when Contreras took one for the team.

Wymer gave up two runs (one earned) on two hits and a hit by pitch and struck out five. Murray struck out three over two scoreless frames. Pulido struck out one in a perfect frame to finish the season with a 0.00 earned run avearage and just two unearned runs over 24-2/3 innings. Diaz struck out one of the two men he retired. After Polizzi’s one-pitch out, Law worked a one-hit eighth and Nunez was victimized for two unearned runs on a home run but struck out two in the ninth.

Though the C’s finished with the best overall record in the North at 40-36, they did not capitalize on having 17 of its final 23 games at home. Their inability to take care of business against their North Division rivals ultimately cost them by losing two of three to Tri-City and Everett at home and on the road. That’s why most of the players are heading home with a select few heading to Lansing to help their playoff drive.

Vancouver was not the only short-season team in the Blue Jays system that suffered a heartbreaking end to their year. The Bluefield Blue Jays lost to the Princeton Rays in three games in their division final. Had Vancouver made the playoffs, there may have been some reinforcements from Bluefield  in the form of 2018 first-round pick Jordan Groshans or Alejandro Kirk among others but they may skip past Vancouver and join Lansing in 2019.


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Rowdy Tellez has been promoted to the Toronto Blue Jays.


Congratulations to 2014 C’s designated hitter Rowdy Tellez as he is going to the show. Tellez was part of the 2014 C’s playoff roster and nearly hit a home run in Hillsboro but the C’s fell short of a four-peat in the Northwest League Final. After his mother passing away recently and struggling for the better part of two seasons in Buffalo, Tellez found his game and is now getting rewarded for his perserverance. He batted over .300 in July and August and finished with a slash line of .270/.340/.425 with 22 doubles, 13 home runs and seven stolen bases.

That will do it for C’s Recap in 2018 and you can find all 76 games summarized on CsPlusBaseball.ca. There may not be as many in 2019 and beyond with perhaps a focus on home games instead or any road games I hope to attend. Thanks for reading and keep checking back. I have a number of interviews with quite a few members of the 2018 Vancouver Canadians that have to be transcribed and I hope to have those online during the course of the off-season.

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C’s Recap – Canadians Collapse Complete As Spokane Wins Second-Half North Division Title

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Tanner Kirwer scored the only Vancouver run in Spokane Sunday.


C's RecapGame 76 of the Northwest League schedule between the Spokane Indians and the Vancouver Canadians has been rendered meaningless. The Indians clinched the North Division title for the second half with a 3-1 win over the Vancouver Canadians at Avista Stadium.

Tanner Gardner‘s RBI single in the fourth opened the scoring for Spokane against Elio Silva to score a Diosbel Arias single. A Starling Joseph fielder’s choice scored a Sherten Apostel single for the second Spokane run.

Spokane increased their lead to three when Isaias Quiroz homered to left off Silva in the fifth.

Rehabbing Texas Ranger Chi Chi Gonzalez retired all 15 hitters he faced.

Spokane lefthander Francisco Villegas sat down the next three hitters and Wes Robertson retired the first hitter of the seventh before Tanner Kirwer singled to break up Spokane’s no-hit bid. Griffin Conine walked and Yorman Rodriguez singled to score Kirwer but a Christopher Bec double play ball killed the rally.

Justin Watts and Orlando Pascual had three strikeouts apiece in relief for the C’s Sunday.


Justin Watts pitched 1-2/3 scoreless innings and Orlando Pascual tacked on 1-1/3 more scoreless frames to give the C’s another shot in the ninth.

Otto Lopez drew a walk with one out against Emmanuel Clase but Kirwer hit into a fielder’s choice and Conine grounded out to first to set off the celebration for Spokane.

Silva surrendered three runs on six hits and a walk with two strikeouts over five innings to take the loss. Watts gave up a hit and struck out three over 1-2/3 innings and Pascual issued one walk and struck out three over 1-1/3 innings.

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The C’s conclude their season against Spokane in a 6:30 start at Avista Stadium. Sean Wymer (4-3, 5.01) gets the start for Vancouver. The game can be heard on TSN 1040 and CanadiansBaseball.com with Rob Fai.

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C’s Recap – Canadians Lose Division Lead After Shutout In Spokane

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Otto Lopez had the only extra-base hit for Vancouver Saturday night.


C's RecapFailure is no longer an option if the Vancouver Canadians want to make the 2018 Northwest League playoffs. The Spokane Indians blanked the C’s 6-0 at Avista Stadium Saturday night to move one game ahead for first place in the North Division.

A two-out home run by Julio Pablo Martinez to left-center field in the third inning off Josh Winckowski was all Spokane needed.

Winckowksi gave up two more runs on a Jax Biggers double and a Martinez single to move ahead 4-0 after five. Starling Joseph socked a two-run home run off Marcus Reyes in the sixth to round out the scoring. Troy Miller pitched a scoreless seventh and eighth for Vancouver.

Former Blue Jays draft pick Jake Latz dominated on the hill for Spokane by striking out 11 batters by allowing just one hit and three walks over 5-2/3 shutout innings. Cole Uvila pitched 2-1/3 shutout frames and Reggie Meyer finished up with a zero in the ninth.

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Troy Miller tossed two shutout innings of relief in Spokane Saturday.


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C's NotesThe C’s did not get their first runner on base until Jesus Severino reached base on a strikeout-wild pitch to start the third. Otto Lopez drew a two-out walk but Griffin Conine grounded out to second to strand the two runners.

The C’s best opportunity to score was in the sixth when Lopez doubled with one out and Christopher Bec and Tanner Kirwer drew two-out walks but Uvila relieved Latz and struck out Brodt looking to leave the bases loaded.

Conine had a two-out walk and stolen base in the eighth and Kirwer started the ninth with a base hit but that was all Vancouver would muster. Kirwer and Lopez both had base hits and walks but the C’s went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position and left seven men on base. They had just two hits, four walks and 15 strikeouts.

Winckowski stranded a pair of singles in the first but gave up four runs on six hits. He struck out eight and walked nobody. Reyes was roughed up for a home run and a walk over one inning. Miller pitched struck out four over two innings of one-hit ball.

The C’s send southpaw Elio Silva to the hill (3-3, 3.69) to keep their playoff hopes alive. Rehabbing Texas Ranger Chi Chi Gonzalez will throw the first pitch for Spokane at 3:30 pm. Rob Fai will have a pregame show at 2:30 pm on TSN 1040. The game can also be heard on CanadiansBaseball.com.

Congratulations to 2014 Canadians lefthander Jose Fernandez for making his major league debut with a scoreless inning in Miami Saturday night. Congratulations also goes to 2014 C’s righthander Sean Reid-Foley for winning his first major league start today in Miami with seven strong innings of one-run ball with four hits and one walk with 10 strikeouts.

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C’s Recap – Everett Embarrasses Canadians Again In 2018 Home Finale

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Brandon Polizzi and the Vancouver Canadians may have played their final game at Nat Bailey Stadium in 2018.


C's RecapThe final regular season home game of 2018 for the Vancouver Canadians was nothing short of a disaster.  The C’s disappointed the sold-out crowd of 6,413 as they were pounded by the Everett AquaSox 9-3 at Nat Bailey Stadium Friday afternoon. The loss combined with Spokane’s come-from-behind victory in Tri-City Friday night means whoever wins two of three between Spokane and Vancouver at Avista Stadium this weekend will go to the playoffs.

Vancouver starter Randy Pondler threw a first-pitch strike but it all went downhill from there. Charlie McConnell watched four pitches miss the strike zone for a leadoff walk. The first sign it was not going to be Vancouver’s day was when Pondler had McConnell picked off but McConnell was still able to get to second as Nick Podkul could not hold on to the throw from Jake Brodt at first. Northwest League All-Star Bobby Honeyman would later single up the middle with one out to score McConnell with the first run. Josh Stowers preceded Honeyman’s base hit with a walk and would later tag up and score on a Ryan Garcia sacrifice fly to make it 2-0 Frogs.

Pondler looked to be settling in after retiring the last two hitters of the first inning and the first two batters of the second. It looked like he was going to retire the side in order when he induced McConnell to hit a routine ground ball to second but Nick Podkul booted it and that extended the inning. Matt Sanders doubled home McConnell and Stowers followed with another two-base hit to score Sanders with Everett’s fourth run. Honeyman reached on an infield single that deflected off Brodt at first base and that was the end of the line for Pondler. Fitz Stadler—who was warming up in the bullpen during the first inning—was brought into to get the final out of the second.

Stadler got into a jam in the third by loading up the bases with one out. McConnell singled to center to bring home a Ryan Garcia double while a fielding miscue by Brandon Polizzi allowed a Ryan Ramiz walk to score. Stadler got a comebacker to the mound from Sanders and attempted to start a double play at second but he threw the ball into center field to allow a Troy Dixon single to cross home plate with Everett’s seventh run.

Everett would rack up two more runs in the eighth by loading the bases against Juan Nunez. Will McAffer entered the game and surrendered a three-run double to Garcia that plated singles by Stowers and Honeyman and walk by Ryne Ogren.

The Canadians finally responded with a run in the eighth when Otto Lopez doubled home a Jesus Severino double with two outs against Noah Zavolas.

Vancouver got two more runs in the ninth when McGregory Contreras singled up the middle with two away to score a Tanner Kirwer base hit after Kirwer was balked to second by Zavolas. Contreras then raced home on a Severino double to center. Hunter Steinmetz tried to extend the rally but he was thrown out by Sanders at short by a half-step for the game’s final out.

Cody Brown pitched five shutout innings for Everett to collect the win after the rehabbing Hisashi Iwakuma put up two scoreless frames to begin the game.

Joey Pulido turned in Vancouver’s best pitching performance with shutout innings in the fifth and sixth.

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Griffin Conine had two hits against Everett Friday afternoon.


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C's NotesThe C’s only managed a Tanner Kirwer walk in the second inning off Iwakuma but Kirwer was doubled off when Ramiz ran one down in right field and threw to first to complete a 9-3 play.

Jesus Severino would also rap into another twin-killing after Contreras drew a leadoff walk in the third. Podkul and Conine had one-out singles in the fourth but that went for naught. Conine had a leadoff hit in the seventh but nothing else came of it.

Brodt appeared to injure his wrist when he tried to dive for a ball at first base in the middle innings. He would eventually give way to Sterling Guzman at first base in the seventh inning. Hunter Steinmetz entered the game to play center field for Polizzi to begin the eighth inning.

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Reilly Johnson almost made an appearance on the mound for Vancouver Friday.


Reilly Johnson came in to pinch-run for Podkul after he was plunked on the top of the helmet by Zavolas in the eighth inning. Podkul had missed time with a concussion earlier this season. Johnson remained in the game at second base. After seeing time behind the plate and in the outfield, Johnson was warming up in the bullpen to try to give the overworked C’s bullpen a break but that plan went out the window. McAffer had to pitch a second inning as a result. Catcher Matt Morgan had to pitch an inning last season during the Hillsboro Horror Show.

There were some decent defensive plays from Vancouver in the fifth. Conine limited Dixon to a single after his blast off the right field, Kirwer made a nice diving catch on a sinking liner from McConnell and Brodt did a nice job to corral a high throw at first from Severino at third and land on the first base bag in time to retire Sanders to end the fifth.

Pondler was roughed up for four runs (two earned) on four hits and three walks with one strikeout over 1-2/3 innings. Stadler stranded his two inherited runners but surrendered three runs (two earned) on three hits and and a walk while recording two strikeouts. Pulido got around a hit and two walks and struck out one to record two scoreless frames. Nunez was charged with the other two runs on two hits and two walks with one strikeout in 1-1/3 innings. McAffer could only strand one of the three runners he inherited but did not give up any runs of his own over 1-2/3 innings and struck out a pair.

Guzman got a bad break when he hit a ball off the rear end of Zavolas to begin the ninth but it still deflected to Sanders at short and he helped a complete a 1-6-3 play.

Conine and Severino had two hits apiece with Severino getting two doubles. Kirwer and Contreras had a hit and a walk. Lopez and Podkul had base hits. The C’s had eight hits, two walks and a hit by pitch but went down on strikes 14 times. They were 3-for-9 with runners in scoring position and stranded six men on base.

A pregame ceremony was held to celebrate the C’s award winners during the season.

The team conitnued its annual tradition of having all the players sing the national anthem during the regular season home finale.

The C’s have announced their starting rotation for the final regular season series in Spokane. Josh Winckowski (4-4, 2.43), Elio Silva (3-3, 3.69) and Sean Wymer (4-3, 5.01) will get the ball Saturday, Sunday and Monday respectively. Saturday and Monday’s games start at 6:30 pm while Sunday’s contest at Avista Stadium is set for 3:30 pm. Rob Fai will have all the action on CanadiansBaseball.com.

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C’s Recap – AquaSox Annihilate Canadians

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Tanner Kirwer had a multi-hit night but it was not enough for the Vancouver Canadians Thursday.


The Vancouver Canadians gave back the ground they gained the night before in the North Division race after an 8-1 setback to the Everett AquaSox at Nat Bailey Stadium Thursday. The C’s lead is down to a single game once again after Spokane slammed Tri-City at Gesa Stadium.

The C’s got the game’s first run in the bottom of the second inning. Jake Brodt earned a one-out walk and scored on a McGregory Contreras triple to the wall in left-center field off Michael Plassmeyer. Sterling Guzman could not bring in the birthday boy Contreras as he struck out swinging. That would not be the last time the Canadians would strand a runner at third.

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Josh Stowers is greeted by Ryne Ogren (#16) after scoring on a bases-clearing double by Matt Sanders in the third inning.


The AquaSox roared back in the top of the third against Jose Espada. It all started when Nick Garcia lifted a fly ball to left filed but Contreras dropped it and that opened the floodgates. A single by Ryne Ogren pushed Garcia to second before a Charlie McConnell base hit found a hole in the right side of the infield to bring home Garcia. Josh Stowers loaded the bases on a swinging bunt that was chopped to the third base side. Espada got to the ball but his momentum towards the third base line did not allow him to set his feet and make a throw so he wisely held on to the ball. Matt Sanders doubled to left to clear the bases to put the AquaSox ahead 4-1. Cal Raleigh drilled a double to right field to score Sanders to increase the Everett lead to four. Nick Rodriguez struck out and Bobby Honeyman popped up to short but a four-pitch walk to Connor Kopach ended the night for Espada. Justin Watts came in to retire Garcia on a fly ball to right as Everett sent 10 men to the plate.

Garcia started the next Everett rally in the sixth when he doubled to left off Denis Diaz. A wild pitch and an Ogren single brought Garcia all the way around to make it 6-1 Everett.

The Frogs tacked on two more runs in the seventh when Rodriguez walked and scored on a Honeyman double to right. Diaz fell behind Kopach 1-0 before being lifted for Connor Law and he coughed up a run-scoring base hit to Kopach that brought in Honeyman with the eighth Everett run.

Law would work a clean eighth inning and Marcus Reyes put up a goose egg in the ninth for Vancouver.

Penn Murfee earned the victory for Everett with 1-1/3 innings of scoreless relief. Carlos Hernandez proceeded Murfee with 1-2/3 shutout frames that included four punchouts. Jorge Benitez and Dayeison Arias split the last four innings evenly to complete a shutout night for the AquaSox bullpen.

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Justin Watts contributed 2-2/3 scoreless innings and stranded both of his inherited runners Thursday.


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C's NotesEspada’s night started well enough. He struck out two hitters in a 12-pitch first inning and overcame a Nick Podkul error at second in the second inning. Podkul was not able to handle a sinking liner but Espada erased that mistake by picking off Rodriguez at first. Espada threw over twice and got Rodriguez on the second attempt.

Unfortunately for Espada, he could not get out of the third inning as he surrendered five runs (four earned) on five hits and a walk. Watts stranded two runners and put together 2-2/3 scoreless innings of two-hit ball while matching Espada’s strikeout total of three. Diaz surrendered three runs on three hits and two walks over one inning. Law allowed a Diaz runner to score but pitched two shutout frames of two-hit ball with one whiff. Reyes struck out one in a one-hit ninth.

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Sterling Guzman (#2), Brett Wright (#17), Jose Espada (#14), Nick Podkul (#6) and Jake Brodt (right) have a mound conference during the third inning Thursday.


The C’s tried to respond to the five-run Everett third with a rally of their own in the bottom half. Brett Wright lined a single to left and Podkul went to right field with a one-out base hit but Stowers robbed Otto Lopez of extra bases with a diving catch to his right in center field. Griffin Conine would strike out to leave Wright and Podkul stranded.

The fourth inning saw Tanner Kirwer triple to right where Garcia nearly slipped and fell when trying to go back on the ball. The one-out three-bagger would be stranded as Contreras struck out and Guzman grounded out.

A two-out walk by Podkul did not lead to anything further in the fifth before Kirwer tripled again to right with two outs in the sixth. Contreras would go down swinging again to leave Kirwer 90 feet away.

Hunter Steinmetz replaced Christopher Bec as the designated hitter in the seventh to see his first game action since August 13. Steinmetz would fly out to left. Bec saw his on-base streak end at 15 games after going 0-for-3. Hat tip to Jordy Cunningham in the C’s Media Relations department for that statistic.

Lopez had a walk in the eighth that went nowhere before the C’s last gasp in the ninth. Reilly Johnson struck out swinging before Contreras got his second hit of the night with a single to left. Guzman reached base on a throwing error from the mound by Arias but Wright struck out and Steinmetz grounded out to end the game.

Contreras and Kirwer had two hits each and Podkul had a hit and a walk. Wright had the other Vancouver hit while Lopez and Brodt heard ball four once. The C’s six hits and three walks were overshadowed by 15 strikeouts and they left nine men in scoring position with just one hit in nine opportuniites.

Johnson came into the game as a defensive replacement in left field in the eighth as Contreras moved to center and Kirwer was given the rest of the night off.

The strong performances of Josh Winckowski and Otto Lopez have received recognition from the Northwest League.


Congratulations goes to righthander Josh Winckowski and infielder/outfielder Otto Lopez. The Canadians and the Northwest League announced Winckowski as the Northwest League Pitcher of the Year while Lopez earned NWL All-Star team honours as an outfielder.

Congratulations also goes to 2013 C’s shortstop Dawel Lugo who finally got onto the field for a major league game. After being called up earlier this season but not playing, Lugo went 1-for-4 with a double to help the Detroit Tigers down the New York Yankees 8-7.

Lefthander Randy Pondler (5-4, 2.67) will start the final game of this three-game series for Vancouver. Rehabbing Seattle Mariners pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma (0-0, 9.00) will be on the hill for Everett. CanadiansBaseball.com and BNN Bloomberg Radio 1410 will broadcast the game. Rob Fai will call the action at 1:05 pm.

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C’s Recap – Conine’s Crush & Bec’s Base Hit Lead Canadians To Come From Behind Win Over Everett

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A two-run home run by Griffin Conine scored Otto Lopez (right) to turn the tide in the sixth inning against Everett Wednesday.


C's RecapEverett’s defence and bullpen sprang a leak and the Vancouver Canadians took full advantage as they annihilated the AquaSox 10-3 at Nat Bailey Stadium Wednesday night. Vancouver now leads the second-half North Division standings by two games after Tri-City knocked off Spokane at Gesa Stadium.

Everett scored the game’s first three runs in the top of the third against Juan Nunez. Ryan Garcia and Charlie McConnell strung together one-out singles before Josh Stowers took one to the center field wall to score Garcia. Bobby Honeyman drew a walk on four pitches before Cal Raleigh ripped one off the wall in right field to bring in McConnell and Honeyman. Raleigh was thrown out by Griffin Conine from right field after sliding past the second base bag. Shortstop Jesus Severino applied the tag just in time to get Raleigh. Connor Kopach singled and stole second before Matt Sanders lined one up the middle but the sinking liner was caught by Nick Podkul right over the second base bag to end the inning.

Vancouver got their first run against Everett starter Ivan Fortunato in the bottom of the third. Christopher Bec watched four pitches miss the strike zone to get on base and would get to third on a wayward pickoff throw by Fortunato. Bec caught a huge break as Fortunato had him picked off. AquaSox manager Jose Moreno argued that Bec should only have been awarded second base but was given an extra 90 feet instead. Podkul picked up Bec from third with a run-scoring grounder to short to make it a 3-1 game.

The C’s fortunes would change in the sixth when its offence sprang into action. Otto Lopez worked his way aboard with a leadoff walk against lefthander Grant Spranger who had entered the game with 7-1/3 scoreless innings and a 11-1 strikeout/walk total.  In a lefty-on-lefty matchup, Conine would obliterate his triple-zero earned run average by blasting an 82 mile-per-hour offering to right-center field to tie the game at 3-3.

Spranger retired the next two hitters in a row and it looked like things were settling down for the former Creighton Bluejay but his defence let him down in a big way. Yorman Rodriguez hit a ground ball to third but did not run right away, perhaps thinking the ball was foul. Despite the late start, Honeyman’s throw to first missed the mark and allowed Rodriguez to get on base. Honeyman may have thought the ball was foul too and did not throw it right away. Honeyman’s error was followed by another error on the left side of the infield by Kopach at short as he mishandled a grounder by Severino. Brandon Polizzi drew a walk to load the bases to set the table for Bec and he took a 1-2 pitch up the middle to score Rodriguez and Severino to put Vancouver in the lead. Devin Sweet took over for Spranger on the mound and saw Bec steal second base before Podkul drew a base on balls to load up the bases again. Sweet would prevent further damage as Lopez’s second at-bat of the inning resulted in a groundout to second.

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Christopher Bec stands at first base after his go-ahead two-run single in the sixth base.


The Canadians would add to their lead in the seventh when Jake Brodt doubled to right and got to third when Kopach made another throwing error that allowed Tanner Kirwer to reach base. Rodriguez would cash in Brodt and Kirwer with a double to left to make it 7-3 Vancouver. After getting to third on the throw from left, Rodriguez tagged up and scored on a Severino sacrifice fly.

J.T. Salter relieved Sweet in the eighth and things continued to go sour for Everett. Podkul singled to left and Lopez reached on an infield single to short before Conine lined one to right to plate Podkul. A two-out walk by Kirwer forced Salter’s exit and Jamal Wade came in from the bullpen. He walked Rodriguez to bring in Lopez for Vancouver’s 10th run.

Nick Allgeyer pitched two shutout innings to start this one for Vancouver. Troy Miller pitched two more scoreless frames. Will McAffer earned the win with 1-2/3 shutout innings. Orlando Pascual got four outs without allowing a run before Cobi Johnson put up the final zero in the ninth.

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Will McAffer picked up his team-leading seventh victory of the season Wednesday.


Radar Gun Rundown

radar_gun_iconAllgeyer recorded his lone strikeout at 91 miles per hour. He touched 92 and also threw offerings from 82-84.

Nunez was up to 98 and down to 76, Miller hit 92 and was as low as 72, McAffer was around 75-77 and up to 92, Pascual had two strikeouts at 92 and 83 and Johnson had a strikeout at 94 and was up to 95 and 98 and down to 85.

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Nick Allgeyer got the first six outs and did not give up a run against Everett Wednesday.

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C's NotesAllgeyer faced the minimum six batters in his two-inning start. He stopped a one-out rally by getting Raleigh on a 4-6-3 double play ball to erase a Honeyman single in the first. The second inning saw Allgeyer retire the side in order.

Miller got a double play from Nick Rodriguez to eradicate a Ryan Ramiz bunt single to help him face just three batters in the fourth. The fifth was a challenge for him when he walked McConnell and Stowers before handing out a two-out pass to Kopach. Miller found his way out of the jam by bracketing the Kopach walk with a strikeout of Raleigh before getting Sanders to ground out to short.

McAffer struck out Ramiz as part of a perfect sixth and ran down a bunt popup just on the fair side of the first base line to retire McConnell to start the seventh. He walked Stowers before retiring Honeyman on a fly ball to right. Pascual came in to face Raleigh and got the slugging catcher to fly out to center.

Like Miller, Pascual danced with danger in the eighth by walking Kopach with nobody out and issuing two more bases on balls to Rodriguez and Garcia with two away but Pascual got McConnell to go down swinging. Johnson walked Raleigh with two away before sitting down Kopach to end the game.

Allgeyer struck out one over two scoreless innings of one-hit ball. Nunez was knocked around for three runs on four hits and two walks in the third. Miller overcame a hit and three walks and struck out one over two shutout frames. McAffer struck out one over 1-2/3 innings of one-hit ball. Pascual walked three but whiffed two in 1-1/3 shutout frames. Johnson had two punchouts to offset a walk in a zero-run ninth. In total, C’s pitchers struck out seven but walked 10 batters.

Lopez was hit by a Fortunato pitch with two outs in the first and stole second but he was left stranded. Another opportunity was wasted by Vancouver in the second when Kirwer doubled with one out and Rodriguez singled him over to third  but Severino grounded into a 6-4-3 double play.

The C’s came knocking again in the fifth when Rodriguez dropped a high fly ball to shallow center field for a base hit to begin the inning. Polizzi walked to get Rodriguez into scoring position but Bec and Podkul grounded out as Fortunato stumped the Vancouver offence for the fourth time in five innings.

Brodt was caught by surprise on an unassisted putout by Raleigh behind the plate in the sixth. He thought the ball rolled foul just a few feet in front of him but it appeared to stay fair and Raleigh quickly pounced on the ball and tagged Brodt for the out.

Bec was shaken up in the ninth behind the plate in when he blocked a 3-2 pitch in the dirt from Johnson. The ball hit him in a most sensitive area but he was able to continue. Raleigh drew the walk but did not seem to show much compassion for his catching counterpart as he just trotted down to first.

Rodriguez had three hits and knocked in three for Vancouver while Conine had two knocks and three RBI. Bec, Podkul, Lopez and Kirwer posted a ‘1’ in the ‘H’ and ‘BB’ columns with Bec stealing two bases and Lopez swiping one. Brodt had a double, Polizzi walked twice and Severino contributed a sac fly. The C’s were 4-for-13 with runners in scoring position with 10 men stranded on base. They compiled 10 hits, seven walks and a hit by pitch while striking out nine times.

Conine talked to Rob Fai on TSN 1040 during the post-game show about his home run.

“I looked at the scouting report. It was kind of a tough lefty and he had pretty good numbers coming in and hadn’t given up a run. It said he threw more sliders than fastballs to lefties so that was definitely something that I was looking for going up there. When it got to two strikes, I knew it was going to be the pitch that he would try to put me away with so I just looked for one that was up and I got one.”

The C’s and Frogs square off in the second game of this series Thursday. Jose Espada (3-6, 4.47) will get the start for Vancouver. Lefthander Michael Plassmeyer (0-1, 2.05) goes for Everett. Pregame show on TSN 1040 starts at 6:00 pm and Rob Fai will have the play-by-play at 7:05 pm. The game is also available on CanadiansBaseball.com.

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cs-tweetCongratulations to a trio of 2016 Vancouver Canadians for being selected to play in the Arizona Fall League. Second baseman Cavan Biggio and relievers Zach Jackson and Jackson McClelland will suit up for the Surprise Saguaros. McClelland also spent time with the C’s in 2015.

Those three will join Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Bo Bichette and Shawn Morimando on the Surprise roster.

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C’s Recap – Jipping’s Jack Jolts Canadians

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Another day, another two scoreless innings for Joey Murray against Boise Monday.


C's RecapThe Vancouver Canadians won the five-game series but had to settle for a split of the 10-game season set with the Boise Hawks. The C’s dropped a 2-0 decision to the Birds at Nat Bailey Stadium Monday night. The good news was Salem-Keizer finally winning a game in Spokane as they rallied from a 2-0 deficit to hold off the Tribe 3-2. That keeps Vancouver one game ahead for first place in the North Division with six games to go.

A one-out home run by Daniel Jipping was the only run Boise needed. It came in the top of the sixth against Sean Wymer as Jipping crushed a line drive to left field. The only question was would it stay fair and it unfortunately did for Vancouver.

Jipping also doubled to right off Marcus Reyes to begin the ninth and was advanced to third on a bunt by Greg Jones. Reyes lost his footing trying to field the ball but recovered to throw out Jones at first. Jeff Bohling was walked intentionally to set up a double play opportunity but Aubrey McCarty foiled that plan with a deep fly ball to left to score Jipping.

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Joey Pulido kept Boise from scoring in the third inning Monday.


Joey Murray pitched two shutout innings and Joey Pulido put up a zero in the third. Fitz Stadler also put up two scoreless frames.

Alec Byrdformer teammate of C’s closer Cobi Johnson at Florida Stateblanked the C’s for the first five innings to get the win. Brad Schreiber, Keinter Olivares, Shelby Lackey and Jefry Valdez preserved the shutout with one scoreless inning apiece.

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Fitz Stadler stopped Boise in their tracks for two innings Monday.


Radar Gun Rundown

radar_gun_iconMurray had three strikeouts registering at 89 miles per hour. He was as low as 70 and as high as 90 along with offerings at 73 and 82.

Pulido reached 94 and 95 and was at 82 on the low end of the spectrum.

Wymer clocked in with strikeouts of 94, 94, 90, 93, 90, 79 and 70 while checking at 76 and 77 and was as high at 95.

Stadler had a strikeout at 89 and reached 92-93. Reyes was in the high 80’s/low 90’s with his offerings.

C-Notes

C's NotesThe C’s had their chances to score early against the lefthander Byrd. Griffin Conine worked a leadoff walk in the second but was left there. Brandon Polizzi and Christopher Bec also heard ball four in the third but Polizzi was thrown out trying to steal second.

Jake Brodt ripped a two-out double to left in the fourth before McGregory Contreras hit what appeared to be a routine fly ball to center. Instead, Morgan had to make a diving catch to prevent Brodt from scoring.

The best opportunity for Vancouver to score came in the fifth when Nick Podkul got aboard on an infield single to first and Severino reached on a throwing error by Bohling after his throw pulled Jipping off the first base bag. Polizzi was unable to bunt the runners over and went down swinging for the first out. Bec flied out to left before Otto Lopez went down swinging to end the frame.

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Nick Podkul was the only Canadian with two hits Monday.


Podkul had another single that came with one out in the seventh but he would not progress any further on the basepaths. Lopez got aboard with a one-out walk in the eighth and was running with the pitch when Rodriguez lifted a high fly ball to right. Lopez did not pick up what was happening in time and was easily doubled off.

Moments after the out-of-town scoreboard showed Salem-Keizer had defeated Spokane in the bottom of the ninth, Contreras reached on an infield single to third with two away and moved to second on defensive indifference but Podkul struck out swinging for the final out.

Podkul had two hits while Contreras and Brodt had the others. Bec, Lopez, Conine and Polizzi heard ball four once. The C’s were 0-for-5 with seven men stranded and struck out seven times.

Murray made it through two innings by overcoming a Luke Morgan two-out double in the first and a Jipping one-out single in the second. Severino kept the ball in the infield on Jipping’s single but his throw was late after a diving stop. Jake Brodt made a diving stop to his right before retiring Bohling on a ground ball to first before Murray struck out McCarty to leave Jipping at second.

Another sign it was not going to be the C’s night was ‘Wild Thing’ Brad Schreiber doing his best impersonation of Ricky Vaughn/Mitch Williams as he fired one to the backstop during his warmup in the sixth. He nearly decapitated Yorman Rodriguez with two more high and outside offerings and gave Conine a close shave as well. Despite all that, Rodriguez was thrown out on a grounder to Bohling at third on a close play at the first base bag. Conine had the count in his favour at 3-0 but Schreiber struck him out. Brodt also went down swinging in an anything-but-routine 1-2-3 inning.

He struck out four before turnings things over to Pulido who navigated his way around a base hit by Terrin Vavra and a Jesus Severino fielding error at short that allowed Morgan to reach first.

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Sean Wymer whiffed seven batters over three innings Monday.


Wymer worked around a Bohling single in the fourth and a Vavra walk in the fifth before Jipping’s homer in the sixth spoiled an otherwise dominating seven-strikeout effort.  Stadler worked a perfect seventh that included a strikeout and faced the minimum in the eighth when a Willie Abreu 6-4-3 double play nullified a single by Morgan. Severino made a nice underhand flip to Nick Podkul at second with a qukck transfer before a nice stretch by Brodt at first completed the twin-killing. Reyes gave up a run on one hit in the ninth.

Congratulations to 2009 Vancouver Canadians righthander Murphy Smith for making his major league debut Monday after 10 years in the minors. The 31 year-old from Nashua, New Hampshire was 3-4, 3.59 ERA in 62.2IP 42-25 K/BB with the Buffalo Bisons this year. Smith was a 13th round pick of Oakland in 2009 from State University of New York at Binghamton, Smith made one appearance in a C’s uniform on July 14, 2009 when he allowed just one unearned run over four innings against Boise. He did not get the win that day. That went to Paul Smyth instead.

The Canadians get the day off Tuesday before continuing their homestand Wednesday when the Everett AquaSox come to town. Pregame show is at 6:00 pm on TSN 1040 with Rob Fai. First pitch is at 7:05 pm. The game can also be heard on CanadiansBaseball.com.

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